WASHINGTON, D.C. – A top leader from V&M STAR in Youngstown advised a key Senate Committee in Washington today. U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) nominated Doug Polk, vice president for industry affairs at V&M STAR, to join job creators from around the U.S. to testify before the Senate Democratic Steering Committee on Wednesday.
“Ohio is a great place to do business. We have a first-class workforce, a strong network of colleges and universities, and manufacturing know-how that is second to none,” Brown said. “Strong trade law enforcement has been key to V&M STAR’s success in Ohio. Countries like China have shown that they will stop at nothing to lure away American manufacturing jobs. Without an aggressive approach to addressing unfair subsidies and trade practices carried out by the Chinese government, hundreds of thousands of good-paying jobs—like those at V&M STAR—could be jeopardized.
“The rapidly-developing shale industry in our state has significantly increased demand for rolled steel pipes manufactured by the company. This industry has tremendous potential to bring new economic development and new jobs to our state, and V&M STAR is a prime example of that,” Brown added.
“We appreciate Senator Brown's support of the domestic pipe industry. The renaissance of US manufacturing in support of the rapidly developing shale frontiers and offshore development will bring a tremendous surge of new high tech job opportunities in the Ohio and Appalachia area,” Polk said.
V&M STAR has committed nearly $1 billion in investments to Ohio, in part to be in close proximity to the developing Marcellus and Utica shale regions; the company has also benefited from strong trade enforcement and a $20 million award from the Recovery Act. In December 2009 and September 2010, Brown testified before the ITC on behalf of Ohio steel workers, including those at V&M STAR in Youngstown. The ITC's ruling in the December 2009 case led to a border measure on imports to support domestic producers of steel pipe like V&M STAR. By addressing illegal Chinese trade practices, this decision helped increase demand for domestic production. It also played a critical role in V&M STAR's decision to build a new, $650 million seamless pipe mill in Youngstown, bringing an estimated 350 regional jobs along with it.